Considering running to become a Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Representative?
Election result update: Official results posted on March 30, 2018 at 2:35pm.
President-Elect: Marie Teemant
Executive Vice President-Elect: Shilpita Sen
Administrative Vice President-Elect: Dustin Tran
Full results can be found below:
GPSC is the elected representation for graduate and professional students. We work closely with the university, state, and national advocacy groups efforts all to help students with the many struggles and barriers they face. GPSC is part of many committees at the University of Arizona that makes budgetary decisions and fee allocation to hiring decisions around campus. Our council is seeking passionate students as candidates to help with our advocacy platform. If you want to make a positive difference, this is a fantastic opportunity. Our mission and governing documents are available here.
Please check regularly for updates on the electorial timeline.
The responsibilities of a GPSC Representative include:
- Attending all meetings of the GPSC. A GPSC Representative is allowed to miss only 2 meetings of the council in a semester.
- Appointing a proxy for any meetings that are not attended in person.
- Bringing constituent proposals before the GPSC.
- Serving on committees established by the GPSC.
- Serving on University committees as directed by the GPSC President.
- Informing their constituents, graduate program advisors, department heads, and graduate student organizations within their constituent units about GPSC activities and events.
- Conducting at least one (1) meeting per semester of the students in the Representative’s constituent unit.
- Submitting one representative report per semester.
- Participating in at least two (2) GPSC events per year.
- Attending the Representative Orientation and GPSC business as assigned.
- Satisfactory completion and participation in all the aforementioned activities will be taken into account when determining good standing and payment.
General GPSC Officer DutiesClick or enter to reveal information below
The Officers of the GPSC are responsible for assuring that approved business of the GPSC is carried out. The Officers must be available to perform their duties throughout the entire calendar year. The Officers shall be available to attend General Council and Executive Board meetings. Responsibilities in addition to the duties stated below may be specified in the GPSC Bylaws or at the request of the president.
In order to run for Assembly Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary or Social chair, you must first be elected as a GPSC representative.
The President shall act as the Chair of the EB. In that capacity, the President shall schedule, organize, and lead all EB meetings. Meet regularly with UA administration officials, including the University President, Provost, Vice-President for Student Affairs, and the Dean of the Graduate College. Ensure GPSC officers and committee chairs fulfill their duties. Work with the GPSC Department head to oversee GPSC directors and staff and update President handbook. The president must also track all work hours spent on GPSC activities and volunteer at a minimum of one GPSC event per year.
*Duties as described by Sarah Netherton, 2015-2016 GPSC President:
- Run GPSC
- Be the face of GPSC
- Meet with University staff, faculty and administration, State and National leaders as the representative of graduate and professional students at the University of Arizona and the State at large
Executive Vice President:
The Executive Vice-President shall in the event, the President is unable to fulfill the duties outlined in Section 3, A, the Executive and Administrative Vice-Presidents shall jointly fulfill those duties and act as the Chair of an internal committee, as assigned by the President. Coordinate visits with graduate program coordinators and directors of graduate studies in academic units on campus. In cooperation with the GPSC President, review the activities of the Director of Legislative Affairs, GPSC Institute Director, and Development Coordinator. Serve on two external university-wide committees of significance and update Executive Vice President handbook. The EVP must also track all work hours spent on GPSC activities and volunteer at a minimum of one GPSC event per year
Administrative Vice President:
The Administrative Vice-President shall in the event, the President is unable to fulfill the duties outlined in Section 3, A, the Executive and Administrative Vice-Presidents shall jointly fulfill those duties and act as the Chair of an internal committee, as assigned by the President, serve as the point person for GPSC representatives. Organize and facilitate representative orientation, team-building exercises, and community service projects. In cooperation with the GPSC President, review the activities of the GPSC representatives. In cooperation with GPSC President, appoint GPSC officers and representatives to serve on university-wide external committees, GPSC internal committees and external advocacy groups as deemed necessary. Serve on two external university-wide committees of significance. Collect, and compile representative reports and update Administrative Vice-president Handbook. The AVP must also track all work hours spent on GPSC activities and volunteer at a minimum of one GPSC event per year.
- Assembly Chair:
The Assembly Chair shall hold a minimum of one office hour per week. Act as the Chair of an internal committee, as assigned by the President. Include EB decisions on the agenda of upcoming GC meetings. Distribute the preliminary version of the agenda to the General Council at least 5 days before each GC meeting. Prior to scheduling meetings for the upcoming semester, give GC representatives at least 1 week to report on their availability to attend GC meetings during the semester. Conduct council meetings according to Arizona Open Meeting Laws and Robert’s Rules of Order. Organize General Council meeting space. Update Assembly Chair handbook. The Assembly Chair must also track all work hours spent on GPSC activities and volunteer at a minimum of one GPSC event per year.
*Duties as described by Jasmine Sears, 2015-2016 GPSC Assembly Chair:
- Find a meeting time and place that maximizes representative participation.
- Keep meetings running smoothly and on schedule; experience with projectors a plus.
- Sometimes, you'll have to be the bad guy and tell someone to stop talking. But the position comes with a gavel, so it's okay.
The Treasurer shall hold a minimum of one office hour per week. Act as the Chair of an internal committee, as assigned by the President. Make monthly reports to the EB on the GPSC budget and appropriations committee activities. Assist with grant applications and reports, especially with the Student Services Fee Advisory Board (SSFAB). Meet regularly with the GPSC Program Coordinator, Club/POD Administrator, and other budget holders. Determine and disburse officer and representative stipends on time per Article I, Section 8, B Update Treasurer handbook and must also track all work hours spent on GPSC activities and volunteer at a minimum of one GPSC event per year.
*Duties as described Jared Brock, current 2015-2016 GPSC Treasurer:
- Time commitment: a minimum of 2 hours a week, during busy times this can balloon to much greater, often around 6 towards the end of semester.
- Weekly mandatory meetings in person during the academic school year.
- As a member of the executive board you are expected to work closely and amicably as a team player with the president and rest of EB to advance the GPSC's agenda.
- Finally, as a member of the EB, you are to exemplify leadership and the qualities that all the GC should hold themselves to - including but limited to active meeting participation, traveling to lobby legislatures and represent GPSC and the UofA both on a state and national level, and acting at all times in a professional manner.
The Secretary shall hold a minimum of one office hour per week. Act as the Chair of an internal committee, as assigned by the President. Take detailed minutes of all GC and EB meetings, including attendance and all decisions. Distribute minutes to the General Council within the ten (10) days immediately following each meeting. Record all decisions made during EB meetings in the EB minutes. Update Secretary handbook and must also track all work hours spent on GPSC activities and volunteer at a minimum of one GPSC event per year.
*Duties as described by Mariia Khorosheva, current GPSC Secretary:
- Keeping track of all General Council and Executive Board Meetings Representative Attendance
- Recording the minutes from all the meetings
- Sending previous meeting minutes out before each next meeting
- Making changes to meeting minutes whenever necessary and requested
- Reporting on all the EB and GC meeting representative attendance at the end of each semester (creating a spreadsheet) to the GPSC Treasurer
- Chairing an internal GPSC committee (in my case the Governing Docs Committee)
- Having fun
- Social Chair:
The Social Chair shall report on social strategies with the EB once monthly. Shall hold a minimum of one office hour per week. Act as the Chair of an internal committee, as assigned by the President. Organize and facilitate social events. Update Social Chair Handbook and also track all work hours spent on GPSC activities and volunteer at a minimum of one GPSC event per year.
*Duties as described by Joy Veluz, current GPSC Social Chair:
- Co-plan and co-organize social and networking events for graduate students
- Meet lots of new and continuing graduate students
- Have lots of fun
GPSC Election Candidates 2018Click or enter to reveal information below
Marie Teemant - President Candidate
Graduate and Professional Students are some of the greatest assets to the University of Arizona and it is more important than ever for this sentiment to be recognized in our university’s policies and practices. As our administration moves forward to develop a new strategic plan, a strong voice is needed to represent the needs of Graduate and Professional Students. Over the past year, I have served as a representative for the College of Fine Arts and GPSC Social Chair. Within these roles, I have planned new socials that consider the diverse population of graduate students, expanded our social media outreach, worked with GPSC staff to make information on programs and opportunities more available to graduate students, ran an online campaign encouraging student action in light of the 2017 tax reform bill, and developed a process for GPSC to assist programs in providing social and educational experiences for graduate students across campus. Additionally, I have advocated for policy changes affecting the courses graduate students are and are not allowed to teach. In the role of President, I can continue advocacy of the needs most pressing to graduate students moving forward. These issues include:
- Improved Mental Health Resources
- Student Fees and Tuition Increases
- Equitable Pay for Graduate and Teaching Assistants Across Campus
- Accessible Childcare
If elected, I will continue to advocate for students’ access to meaningful funding, events, professional development, workshops, and training to ensure University of Arizona graduate students complete their education as the best candidates within their field. To the same end, I will continue to advocate for policies on campus that provide more opportunity and funding to Graduate and Professional Students.
Taruni Kancharla – President Candidate
Taruni wants a world filled with books that come bundled with extra dark chocolate and a telepathic headband that tells her exactly what her clients need. As a graduate student, she’s worked as a Teaching Assistant and Director of Travel, GPSA. She was the first international student to become a Management Intern at ASU and the Director of Awards, GPSA. She loves mentoring new international students and was awarded the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2016. However, she saw the light and transferred to University of Arizona (UA) to pursue an MBA at the Eller College of Management. Currently, she works as a Graduate Assistant at Eller and is the GPSC Representative for MBA. After serving the graduate student community as an Assembly member, Travel grant peer reviewer, a mentor, and a Director for more than two years, she is ready and excited to serve as President for GPSC. When she’s not working, you can find her dancing or answering the question “why” for the umpteenth time.
My primary goal is to enhance every graduate student’s college career by bridging the disconnect between the valuable initiatives available at the University of Arizona and student awareness and involvement. As an international student, I acquired a unique perspective while pursuing leadership opportunities at UA and plan to utilize it to do the following:
1. I will advocate for a broader range of students to capitalize on internships and interdisciplinary research opportunities, both domestic and international.
2. Debt can be a pressing issue on its own without having to deal with low wages for assistantships. I will be a strong proponent for higher pay for graduate teaching and research assistantships across the university.
3. Graduate school is stressful and can leave you with no time for yourself. I will advocate for more student assistance programs that provide a variety of support initiatives in areas like mental health, time management, career counseling and many more.
4. Student engagement is the crux of innovation and scientific advancement at any university. I will champion revamped communications strategy to ignite a strong dialog about key issues on campus.
5. I also hope to increase out reach to at-risk populations to contribute in a meaningful way to the community around the University of Arizona.
ENGAGE. EMPOWER. ENRICH.
Dustin Tran – Administrative Vice President Candidate
I am running for the position of the GPSC Administrative Vice President. Having served in this role over the past year, I’ve been instrumental in structural changes to make GPSC function more effectively. I would like to continue as the AVP because I would like to continue my efforts to make GPSC a more productive organization for another term. My primary focus would be to encourage representative engagement. I want to make sure we’re making the best use of our representatives and that they can fulfill their responsibilities to their constituents even with their busy with academics. I will also ensure that GPSC is an inclusive organization. One where all members are engaged and passionate about serving and representing graduate and professional students. In addition, I will continue to advocate for programs and institutional policies that benefits the entire graduate community both within GPSC as well as at the institutional level.
Shilpita Sen – Executive Vice President Candidate
I am currently serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC) at the University of Arizona. I zealously worked on issues pertaining to DACA, Title IX, Tax Cut and Jobs Act and Affordability of Graduate Education. I have always believed that action springs from responsibility and not words. As recently as March 2018, I had the opportunity to represent GPSC at the NAGPS Conference and meet Congressmen and Senators and vehemently oppose some of the amendments to the PROSPER Act that severely affect and de-incentivize graduate and professional students nationwide. Law School and the United Nations has very well equipped me in terms of advocacy, proficiency and deliberation. If elected to serve as the Executive Vice President, I would relentlessly advocate for transparency, institutional and structural changes to improve graduate and professional education. Some of my key areas of focus would be (not exhaustive): Increase in Travel & Research Grants, Scholarships, Graduate Workers Rights and incidental Benefits, Multi-disciplinary Research and Innovation and Funding, Campus Safety, Better Health & Legal Services on Campus, Multi–Cultural Awareness, Gender Inclusivity, Social and Community Events.
Teja Konduri - Executive Vice President Candidate
If elected to office, one of the key issues that I would like to address is funding opportunities for graduate students. I will strive to improve and implement changes to the present industry outreach, and push for top companies to look for solutions to their problems to the UA community. This will create summer internship opportunities and valuable real world experience to students. I believe we have untapped potential that needs opportunity for realization. Graduate outreach to the local community, is another thing I would like to push for. Local schools would be benefited by students giving talks on STEM, Arts, Humanities among other fields. To be an inspiration to young kids, is a rewarding experience which everyone should have the opportunity to fulfill. This helps improve UA image in the community. Finally, for better social events, engagements, talks and debates; to engage the graduate community, in intellectual and entertaining relaxations. I believe a sense of community and friendship is essential for mental well being, which unfortunately often gets ignored. As an engineering PhD student, from my previous work experiences I have the required critical thinking and negotiation skills for this role. Together we can change things, and I will make sure that everyone’s voice is heard, on matters that impact all. I will use my position effectively and with a sense of duty. I will work with the administration and represent the university’s best assets, you!
Taylor Gee - Executive Vice President Candidate
As a third year Ph.D. candidate in the College of Science, I am running to serve as the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Executive Vice President for the 2018-19 academic year. Last year I joined GPSC because I am passionate about making graduate student voices and needs heard. Over the past year, I have served on GPSC as a representative for the College of Science and believe I have gained experiences that have prepared me to serve in this new capacity. Over the past year in my current role, I have been able to represent the graduate/professional student body on the Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee and GPSC Appropriations Committee. I have brought attention to issues as the university undergoes restructuring our strategic plan. On the Appropriations Committee I reviewed graduate student applications for: travel grants, research and project grants, professional opportunities development, and club funding. This year we have worked to significantly increase the funding for these programs to better aid the graduate population. I have also co-hosted constituency meetings and GPSC social events to bring the graduate and professional population together. I am excited to continue serving the graduate and professional student body in the upcoming term. My primary goal is to again increase funding available for graduate students through stipends for parking passes or student fees, for example. I would also like to increase graduate student awareness about the vast resources on campus; many of which the graduate population is generally unaware. I ask for your support in becoming the GPSC Executive Vice President so I can continue the work begun this year for graduate and professional students.
Barbara Dobrin – College of Science
Taylor Gee – College of Science
Amanjot Kaur Gill – College of Optical Sciences
Election Petition FormClick or enter to reveal information below
A graduate or professional student may be elected by graduate and professional students via a general election to serve on different positions in GPSC. A student can also be appointed by vote of the General Council to serve as an Representative.
To be elected as President, a student shall submit a completed GPSC Nominating Petition including the signature and identifying information of twenty (20) eligible electors from the Constituency the petitioner seeks to represent. At least ten (10) signatures must be from any constituency other than your own. A petitioner shall submit a candidate statement, of not more than 400 words, explaining the petitioner's interest in serving on the GPSC, qualifications, and how the petitioner intends to contribute to improving the lives for graduate and professional students at the University of Arizona.
Download the petition form here if you are interested in serving as the President for GPSC.
To be elected as Administrative Vice President, a student shall submit a completed GPSC Nominating Petition including the signature and identifying information of twenty (20) eligible electors from the Constituency the petitioner seeks to represent. At least ten (10) signatures must be from any constituency other than your own. A petitioner shall submit a candidate statement, of not more than 400 words, explaining the petitioner's interest in serving on the GPSC, qualifications, and how the petitioner intends to contribute to improving the lives for graduate and professional students at the University of Arizona.
Download the petition form here if you are interested in serving as the Administrative Vice President for GPSC.
To be elected as Executive Vice President, a student shall submit a completed GPSC Nominating Petition including the signature and identifying information of twenty (20) eligible electors from the Constituency the petitioner seeks to represent. At least ten (10) signatures must be from any constituency other than your own. A petitioner shall submit a candidate statement, of not more than 400 words, explaining the petitioner's interest in serving on the GPSC, qualifications, and how the petitioner intends to contribute to improving the lives for graduate and professional students at the University of Arizona
Download the petition form here if you are interested in serving as the Executive Vice President for GPSC.
To be elected as a Representative, a student shall submit a completed GPSC Nominating Petition including the signature and identifying information of ten (10) eligible electors from the Constituency the petitioner seeks to represent.
Download the petition form here if you are interested in serving as a Representative for GPSC.
To be elected as a At-Large Representative, a student shall submit a completed GPSC Nominating Petition including the signature and identifying information of ten (10) eligible electors outside of their own constituency.
Download the petition form here if you are interested in serving as a At-Large Representative GPSC.
Electoral TimelineClick or enter to reveal information below
Election Informational Meeting:
7:30- 8:30pm March 12, 2018
SUMC Ventana Room
Electoral Petition Packets:
Available - Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Due - Friday, March 16, 2018
7:30- 8:30pm March 20, 2018
SUMC Ventana Room
Starts- Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Ends- Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Starts- 8:00 am Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Ends- 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2018
posted 5:00pm Friday, March 30, 2018
2018-2019 Representative SeatsClick or enter to reveal information below
The following table shows the number of available GPSC representatives per College. The number of representatives is determined by the College's student population.
|College||# of Representatives|
|College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)||1|
|College of Education||2|
|College of Engineering||2|
|College of Fine Arts||1|
|College of Humanities||1|
|College of Law||1|
|Eller College of Management (MBA)||2|
|Eller College of Management (Non-MBA)||2|
|College of Medicine||3|
|College of Medicine (Phoenix)||1|
|College of Medicine (Non-MD)||1|
|College of Nursing||2|
|College of Optical Sciences||1|
|College of Pharmacy (MS/Ph.D)||1|
|College of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)||2|
|College of Public Health||2|
|College of Science||3|
|College of Social & Behavioral Sciences||3|
|Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP)||2|
|Non-Degree Seeking Students||1|
FAQClick or enter to reveal information below
1. What do I need to do in order to run?
Complete a nominating petition! Petitions will be available on the GPSC website.
Constituent Unit Representatives:
Nominating petitions for Representatives need 10 signatures and identification information from Electors who are in the Constituent Unit the candidate seeks to represent.
Incumbent representatives must obtain 5 signatures.
Nominating petitions need 10 signatures and identification information from Electors who are not members of the Constituent Unit of which the candidate is a member and are not GPSC representatives.
Incumbent At-Large Representatives need 5 signatures.
GPSC President, GPSC Executive Vice President, and GPSC Administrative Vice President:
Nominative petitions need 20 signatures and identification information from electors. At least 10 of the electors shall be neither GPSC Representatives nor members of the 400 words explaining the petitioner’s interest in GPSC and explaining how the petitioner would contribute to improving the quality of life for graduate and professional students.
2. Can I campaign?
Absolutely! But be sure to follow these guidelines:
Do not spend more than $50 on campaign materials.
Keep receipts associated with campaign expenses.
No campaigning in U of A classrooms while class is in session and no campaigning at any GPSC general assembly meeting.
No campaign posters allowed in GPSC offices.
GPSC and no organization whose funding is entirely dependent on GPSC can officially or publically endorse a candidate.
Each candidate is responsible for removing any campaign materials before the start of elections.
3. I’m confused. How are the Assembly Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, and Social Chair elected?
First, you must run and be elected as a GPSC representative or Alternate representative. Once elected as a GPSC representative, you need to contact the Elections Commissioner at least 5 days prior to the scheduled election date. The Elections Commissioner will then make an official announcement of the candidates to the council at least 3 days prior to the election.
The GPSC Assembly Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, and Social Chair are elected at the second GPSC general meeting following the election results. All newly elected, incumbent, and outgoing Representatives, At-Large Representatives, and Officers are allowed to vote.
Prior to voting, every candidate for Assembly Chairperson, Treasurer, or Secretary, if he or she chooses, will give a campaign speech of not more than 5 minutes.
Have more questions about GPSC elections? Please email the election commissioner at GPSCElections@email.arizona.edu